Montreal's Subban, Pittsburgh's Letang and Minnesota's Suter up for Norris

Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 10:55 AM The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Montreal Canadiens blue-liner P.K. Subban has been named a finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, given annually to the top defenceman in the NHL.

Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild were also named finalists Tuesday. Each is a Norris Trophy finalist for the first time.

Subban topped NHL defencemen in scoring with 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 42 games this season. The 23-year-old Toronto native also led all blue-liners in power-play scoring with 26 points (7-19) and ranked second on the Canadiens in points, plus-minus (plus-12) and average ice time per game (23:14).

Letang finished second in the scoring race among NHL defencemen despite missing more than a quarter of the season. The 26-year-old Montreal native had 38 points (5-33) in 35 games and was the only NHL blueliner to score at a point-per-game rate.

Suter, a 28-year-old native of Madison, Wis., led all NHL players in average ice time per game (27:16). He ranked second among NHL defencemen in assists (28) and third in points (32).

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season. The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

The finalists for the Vezina Trophy (top goaltender) will be announced Wednesday.

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